I think it’s fair to say that those who attempt to discuss the issues surrounding AIM, the bogus fund raising, the ransacking of WK2 during their occupation, the murders and crime committed then, the abduction, beating and murder of Annie, and the fairytale evolving around Peltier, haven’t the resources to hire investigators or access every pertinent document.
Add to this having to wade through the decades long morass of lies and misinformation AIM has produced and some will either give up or begin to accept what is said without doing the homework themselves.
AIM and the Peltierites goal has always been to direct the focus to the feds-in doing this AIM and Peltier can be presented as hapless victims.
But the reality remains that murder is murder and it is of no consequence whether AIM was having a bad hair day due to “paranoia” or any other excuse-people are dead at their hands, nothing changes that.
Not having investigators, unlimited access, or being a mindless drone, I’m not interested in working both sides of the fence, due in part because if the truth becomes known everyone responsible will go down-that and I’m not interested in making excuses or attempting to exonerate AIM or Peltier.
So I’m inclined to view this as a division of labor -let the AIM and Peltier supporters work their side of the fence and the rest of us will work our side.
Of course this assumes an honesty and integrity on both sides-that is if both sides share the same concern for truth and justice.
To say that neither AIM or Peltier bear a responsibility due to informants, the feds, or paranoia sound pitifully like a revised version of the Nuremburg trials where Nazi war criminals sought to exonerate themselves by saying they were only following orders-that a larger irrestible force compelled them to do so-didn’t work then and doesn’t work now.
In the perfect world both sides would work diligently, share a common goal, and meet in the middle-a middle which should exist in an imperfect world and based on understanding that all fail, that no one, no agency, no organization, no government is above reproach.
To attempt to even suggest such a circumstance is foolish. I’ve been on both sides of the fence, and having been there I know for a fact the AIM Peltier side is riddled with inconsistencies, lies, and propaganda. It is cultish in nature and requires blind obedience above all else.
To question or deviate from the approved position is to risk being ostracized, labelled any number of things, and generally castigated. That isn’t an environment that seeks the truth, only blind allegiance.
A side that has had the luxury of four plus decades to refine their version, and yet we see as the truth becomes incrementally known their version is falling apart at the seams.
As I’ve stated previously I believe either the AIM leadership as a combined entity, or singularly as individuals, gave up Peltier for a handful of get of jail free passes.
The necessary cover story has played out as the so called marches and free Leonard rallys.
I also believe this same leadership has rolled over whenever it served their purpose, and what has resulted is a dyfunctional symbiotic relationship between them and their handlers. A leaking boat where if either stops bailing it will sink taking everyone down.
Such a relationship goes a long way in explaining why indictments that should have been executed long ago remain little more than vague rumors wafting about on predictable occasion.
Despite recorded conversations, witnesses, and court trial Banks remains untouchable-Clyde gets busted for dealing drugs in a such a large amount he is classified as a major distributor and yet does a mere two years.
Russell gets busted and does a year playing secreatry for Abourezk’s law firm-that means he’s out everyday with the possible exception of weekends-not exactly hard time is it? Then lo and behold the old Indian hater “Wild Bill” Janklow grants him a pardon. Talk about the benefits of friends in high places.
Crow Dog gets busted and we are expected to believe the public and global outcry for this “holyman” who is leading the charge in commercializing ceremonies was such that he gets what has become the AIM slap on the wrist.
The reality of the work place is there are always those who will do the work and those who will slack off and devise ways to make it appear they’re actually doing something-an equitable “division of labor”.
I actually had someone tell once while working a job to slow down, I was making others look bad-that it wasn’t what you did but how you looked while doing it. In others words just look like you’re actually doing something while doing as little as you could get a way with.
That’s what AIM and the Peltierites are about, trying to look good while not doing much of anything than obfuscating.
So my advice to the AIM and Peltier supporters is to do their routine on their side of the fence and those of us who really want justice will do the actual work-but they need to continue looking over their shoulder as we are in their track, staying there, and gaining ground.
AIM is in our midst doing what they have always done-and that must be our focus, to cure this cancer that has infested the nations. When we accomplish that all with any measure of complicity reagrdless of who or where they are will be removed as well.
That is the goal, the ultimate good that will serve the nations.